August 25, 2008

Royal Observatory and Prime Meridian

Today is pretty much summed up with one picture, and if you are familiar with this location you know exactly what we did today. :-)

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Visiting the Royal Observatory was something that I always thought would be kind of cool, and a few weeks back I realized that it would be an easy day trip while in London. We took a boat up the Thames and got a fun introduction to several of the buildings that line it and after about an hour we got to Greenwich Pier. We grabbed some fish and chips in a pub and then walked up to the Royal Observatory.

It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big geek, and visiting 0° longitude pretty much made the geek-o-meter peg into the red. I was more impressed with this arbitrary line in the dirt than I ever expected I would be. A huge bonus was the Time Gallery which had John Harrisons original time keepers on display — H1, H2, H3 and H4. I had read about these amazing time pieces in Dava Sobel’s book Longitude a while back. It was amazing to see them first hand, still working.


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